Intelsat and SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation have signed a definitive agreement to form a joint venture to launch a new satellite with optimised C-band and high-throughput Ku-band capacity in the Asia-Pacific region.
Horizons 3e will be based on the Intelsat EpicNG high-throughput satellite (HTS) design which, upon launch, will complete the global footprint of the new EpicNG platform.
The satellite will be stationed at the 169 degrees East orbital location with a launch expected in the second half of 2018.
Horizons 3e marks the fourth satellite to be owned jointly by JSAT and Intelsat, following Horizons-1 (launched in 2003); Horizons-2 (launched in 2007) and Intelsat 15/JCSAT-85 (launched in 2009).
Intelsat says it will have the most advanced digital payload on a commercial satellite, with bandwidth flexibility and power portability.
Stephen Spengler, Chief Executive Officer, Intelsat, said: “Today marks another milestone in our long history of collaboration with JSAT.
“With Horizons 3e, we will introduce the Intelsat EpicNG platform to the Asia-Pacific region, completing our global high throughput footprint and enhancing our IntelsatOne Flex service platform.
“The scalability, power and flexibility of Intelsat EpicNG will provide commercial and governmental aeronautical and maritime services with unprecedented seamless, contiguous broadband coverage over the most widely trafficked routes from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
”In addition, the higher performance and improved economics of Intelsat EpicNG will enable fixed and mobile network operators to expand their networks and provide much needed broadband connectivity to the more remote communities of the region.”
“Horizons 3e is a significant project for both Intelsat and JSAT,” added Shinji Takada, President and Chief Executive Officer, JSAT. “This new state-of-art satellite will lead to the expansion of our next-generation business in the Asia and Pacific region utilising the HTS technology.
“Satellite communications demands for the region will definitely continue to grow and the project is essential for us to uptake of the growth demand for the region.”
The formation of the JSAT/Intelsat venture features equal ownership of the satellite, which will be constructed over a 2.5-year period.
The Horizons 3e satellite is owned by a new joint venture company, Horizons-3 Satellite LLC, the membership of which will be held by JSAT International Inc., a subsidiary of JSAT and Intelsat Horizons-3 Corporation, a subsidiary of Intelsat, both of which are based in the United States.